Dalit President Kovind Pays Tributes To Ambedkar At His Birthplace

Dalit President Kovind Pays Tributes To Ambedkar At His Birthplace

The President was happy to note that Dr Ambedkar's 125th birth anniversary was commemorated at the United Nations in 2016. Speaking at the function in New Delhi, Mr Modi said, the memorial is a tribute to Baba Saheb Ambedkar.

Earlier, Dalits led by Thakor Solanki, leader of a local union of Dalits, raised slogans against Gandhi as police prevented them from garlanding the statue. In a tweet message, Mr Modi said, respected Babasaheb gave hope to lakhs of people belonging to the poorest and marginalised sections of the society. He stressed on two points - the first one was to be a responsible citizen by following the law and protecting the Constitution. Four persons were injured in the clash forcing the administration to suspend internet connection in four districts of the state - Kapurthala, Jalandhar, Hoshiarpur and SBS Nagar. The incident came to light Friday morning when the villagers spotted the statue of Ambedkar damaged.

The situation was said to be under control as authorities imposed prohibitory conditions and deployed additional police force. Suniti Singh, SP (rural), said a case was registered against unknown persons for vandalism and that the guilty would not be spared.

A large number of people from nearby villages had gathered after the news spread. Security has been beefed up across the state.

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A group of Sikhs also protested outside the United Nations headquarters in NY against alleged atrocities perpetrated against minority communities in India.

The President, the Vice-President and the Prime Minister paid floral tributes to Baba Saheb Ambedkar at his statue at the Parliament House Complex.

Dalit leaders also took strong objection to the painting of the upper part of an under construction Ambedkar memorial in Gorakhpur (UP) in saffron colour.

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